Catching Up

You know that feeling when you get knocked out of your routine – sometimes for terrible reasons, but sometimes for really great reasons like vacations? Yeah, that is exactly what happened to me. I went to Iceland at Easter. It was amazing. If you’ve been there you know all about it, but if you’ve never been then I highly recommend it.

In this time that I haven’t written a blog post, I’ve often been sitting at the computer, thinking of you all and wondering how on earth I could possibly get it all written down. All the projects I’ve finished, the wips and the things I’m not sure what to do with. I had a Eureka moment last week when I was watching a podcast and thought  “What if I just made a video to talk about everything that’s going on…that would be easier.”

So that’s what I did. If you like this and think I should continue in this format, please let me know – either here or on YouTube. I hope you like it.

 

Stalled

I’m stalled on all my projects. I’m waiting on a response to a reported error in the big test knit I’m working on, am waiting for swatches to dry for a design project, got the wrong colour yarn for a shawl that is half finished and am bored with a fussy cardigan for a little person. Couple this with seeing all the lovely things from Edinburgh Yarn Festival (the Perth I live in is nowhere near Scotland, let along Edinburgh so sadly, I did not attend) and I snapped.

I cast on another project.

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This is Antipodes from Truly Myrtle Designs of New Zealand. I did a test knit of Gingerbread, a recent pattern of hers and liked it enough that I’m knitting something else from her. This is a slim crescent shawl that I’m working in Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk. This yarn is an 85/15 wool/silk blend and is lovely to work with. I knit a pullover out of this about 4 years ago and had totally forgotten that I had a leftover skein of yarn in my stash. I love it when I find the perfect thing tucked away in a bin!

I’d like to have this finished for a trip which will likely happen around the end of April – I’ll tell you more as plans firm up but I can tell you that it is to celebrate two big birthdays in my household. Both my husband and son are having milestone birthdays within a week of each other so we’re taking a trip. We used to travel all the time when we lived in Asia and realized that we’ve been back in Canada for almost 10 years and haven’t gone anywhere as a family.

 

Reboot

I’ve started and stopped blogging a few times. I’m not sure why I stopped the first time – I suspect it was because life just got away from me – but the second time it was because I didn’t have a focus.

I’ve given this some thought, and learned a bit. Actually, I’ve learned a lot. Learned about myself, what matters to me, what I want to share (without oversharing ’cause nobody likes that) and even a little bit about photography. I’m still not great with a camera, but I’m better than I used to be.

So what do I do? I knit, I spin and I weave. I run, am new to yoga and I have a big garden. I live in an old stone house in what had once been a major center of textile production in Ontario and am keenly interested in the return of local fibre production. I’d like to use this space to spread the word on what is happening in my area.

Welcome to the reboot.